Whether you’re already living a clean eating lifestyle, or you’re just getting started on making positive changes, you understand that the right recipes are a must-have part of looking and feeling fabulous. As you incorporate healthy ingredients into menu planning, don’t overlook the power of cauliflower. It might not look like much, but this superfood is a smart addition to your diet. Check out these eight clean eating cauliflower recipes.
Cauliflower is what’s known as a cruciferous vegetable, a type of veggie known for its health benefits. Numerous studies suggest that eating cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower, kale, and broccoli, may lower risk of developing cancer. In one study, researchers showed the ability to stop the growth of breast, colon, lung, liver, and cervical cancer cells . Cauliflower is also packed with antioxidants, which help cells resist damage from toxins and other stressors. This veggie is high in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, making clean-eating cauliflower recipes a healthy choice .
What’s more, cauliflower contains phytonutrients that aid the body’s natural detox system. In fact, it has more of these detoxifying qualities than Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or kale. This makes cauliflower dishes excellent additions to a healthier lifestyle because they help the body defend itself against toxin-triggered damage .
1. Coconut Curry Cauliflower
The sweetness of coconut and spiciness of curry blend together in this dish. It’s a versatile recipe we love because it can be enjoyed hot or cold. In addition, you can easily adjust spices to suit your taste.
2. Cauliflower Stir-Fry
If you’re looking to add clean-eating cauliflower recipes to your diet, this is a go-to dish. Use a food processor to pulse the cauliflower into a rice-like consistency. This recipe has only 57 calories (57!) per serving.
3. Cauliflower Lasagna
With whole wheat noodles and whole wheat flour, this meal makes a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional lasagna recipes. You’ll love that it’s low-cal, too, with less than 200 calories in each serving.
4. Roasted Cauliflower with Red Peppers and Olives
Spice up your side dish tonight with this clean-eating cauliflower recipe. Cooking the cauliflower at a high temperature gives it a cheese-like flavor, creating a tasty recipe that includes other healthy, whole ingredients. Try it with a fish entrée, like Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia.
5. Greek Chicken Stew with Cauliflower Rice
Using organic chicken, this dish produces a tender, juicy meat you’ll enjoy. It has a higher fat content than other recipes, but it’s a clean-eating meal that’s filled with flavor—and none of the processed ingredients that add excess sodium, sugar, or chemical additives. This recipe was contributed by Amee from Amee’s Savory Dish.
7. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Ditch the dough with this healthy alternative to regular pizza crust. Egg and plain yogurt bind grated cauliflower to form a crispy, firm crust. Simply add veggies, low-fat cheese, and clean-eating Homemade Marinara Sauce or no-sugar-added store-bought sauce.
8. Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks
This recipe is an all-around winner: gluten free, grain free…and cheesy! From Christi at Mom, What’s for Dinner, this dish is a good way to serve the nutritional awesomeness of cauliflower in a way every family member will enjoy. Try it this week!
Cauliflower dishes are a tasty way to supercharge your lifestyle with superfood nutrition. Which recipe looks good to you?
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